(With apologies to Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck for ripping off their title.)
[Update: See this clarifying follow-up.]
This can’t go the way of thesis/antithesis. I’m young (36, to be exact); I’m quite restless, often moving about; and I asked Calvin into my heart a long time ago. But here’s why I’m not really a part of the Young-Restless-and-Reformed-story (jungeruhelosundreformiert-geschichte), in no particular order:
- My pathway into the Reformed world was through infant baptism while studying the contours of covenantal theology in the scriptures and Calvin (note the -al at the end).
- John Piper has exacted virtually no influence on my theological formation, save to make me a more resolute paedobaptist.
- I’ve been a hipster since 1987 and have had a soul patch since 1992.
- I like hard rock more than indie music.
- I think the “five points of Calvinism,” or the “doctrines of grace,” comprise but one small facet of what it means to be Reformed.
- I’m basically a hypothetical universalist (no, not with respect to life after death [though I am a hopeful one] but regarding the extent of Christ’s atonement). This is not equivalent to being a “four-pointer,” for I do indeed affirm that Christ’s atonement is limited—efficaciously—to the elect alone. No, I will not define elect presently.
- I’m a single predestinarian, according to the Council of Orange.
- I’m not a huge fan of certain puritans, Turretin, and Edwards, though hands-down I’ll admit their brilliance and piety.
- I’m Anglican. I like the smells and the bells.
I'm therefore not so much Young-Restless-and-Reformed as Reformed Catholic.